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Ten Roadrunners to compete at NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds this weekend

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/25/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA men's track & field team has a total of 10 athletes that will participate in 10 events at this weekend's NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds in Eugene, Ore.

The three-day meet begins on Thursday at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Click here for the complete meet schedule and live real-time results can be found here.

Leading the way is senior All-American Devon Bond, who will compete in the triple jump at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday. The Trenton, N.J., native comes into the meet with the West Region's seventh-best mark, 52-6 ½ (16.01m), which he registered in winning his second consecutive Southland Conference Outdoor Championship two weeks ago. Each jumper will get three attempts with the top 16 getting three more and the top 12 finishers will advance to the national semifinals in Des Moines, Iowa. Bond placed fifth, the second-highest finish by a Roadrunner at a national meet in program history, at last year's NCAA Championships, which also were contested in Track Town, USA.

Another one of the team's conference champions, freshman Keyunta Hayes, will double up in both the 110-meter (5:25 p.m. CT/Friday) and 400m (5:55 p.m. CT/Thursday) hurdles. The Tyler native is coming off a victory in the 400m hurdles and he also earned a bronze medal in 110m hurdles in addition to running the anchor leg of the squad's 400m relay team. He scored 16.75 points at the meet to lead all frosh and was named UTSA's first-ever Southland Outdoor Freshman of the Year. Hayes owns the 20th-best 110m hurdles time (13.88) and is 30th (51.86) in the field 48-man 400m hurdles field. The top three finishers in each section along with the next six times will qualify for the quarterfinals.

Sophomores Nate Brunette (100/200m) and Richard Garrett Jr. (shot put/discus) also will compete in multiple events.

Brunette comes into the event with season-best times of 10.43 (100m) and 20.93 (200m) and he placed third in both events at the Southland Outdoor. The first round of the 100m is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday and the deuce will begin the following evening at 8:10 p.m. (CT).

Meanwhile, Garrett Jr. will enter competition with program-record marks in the shot put (58-6/17.83) and discus (178-1/54.29m) and those measurements rank 16th and 25th in the region, respectively. The Garland native scored a team-leading 19 points at the league meet on the strength of runner-up finishes in both events (he also placed sixth in the hammer). The shot put is slated for 7:15 p.m. (CT) on the opening night and the discus will be contested at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday. Both events have the same format as the triple jump.

UTSA will have a pair of entries — sophomore Keith Benford and freshman Kerry Thompson — in the high jump, which is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. (CT) on Friday.

Benford, this year's Southland Champion, is the owner of the West's seventh-best clearance, a school-record 7-1 ¾/2.18m, while Thompson checks in at 24th (6-11 ¾/2.13m).

Sophomore Darryl Wyrick will join Hayes in the 400m hurdles field. The Texarkana native's season-best time of 51.82 ranks 28th in the region and he is slated to run in the fifth first-round race of the evening.

Junior Kemar Marsden (100m) and sophomores Phil Steinert (hammer) and Tyler Williamson (long jump) round out the Roadrunners competing this weekend.

Marsden owns the 19th-quickest 100m time (10.41) and he is coming off a sixth-place performance at the conference meet. The Kingston, Jamaica, native will run in the sixth and final first-round heat on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Steinert stands 32nd in the hammer with his school-record throw of 196-3 (59.81), which he established at April's Texas Relays. The Round Rock native finished third two weeks ago in Natchitoches, La. The hammer is scheduled to be contested at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday.

Williamson comes into the event with the 18th-best long jump mark (24-11/7.59m) and he placed eighth at the league's annual postseason event. He will jump at 2 p.m. (CT) on Thursday.

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